By Denis Clifford Attorney, Frederick Hertz Attorney, Emily Doskow Attorney
Guard your rights -- safeguard your courting!
Now greater than ever, it will be significant that you're taking the correct felony steps to outline and shield your dating within the eyes of the legislations. in case you do not, you run the chance of being close out of every other's lives -- and the lives of youngsters you co-parent -- in occasions of clinical, monetary or own concern.
This useful, plain-English consultant exhibits lesbian and homosexual how you can:
This version is up-to-date with a dialogue of the legislation of every kingdom delivering both marriage or marriage-equivalent prestige, covers all of the new country legislation in contemporary months, and discusses the professionals and cons of getting into a wedding or like dating.
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Extra resources for A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
Some people go back to whomever officiated at their ceremony and seek help in splitting up. If you registered as domestic partners through a municipality, an employer, a school, or another entity, be sure to terminate the partnership formally, by submitting a written document to the entity. Some have forms of their own; if they don’t, prepare a letter signed by both partners, have it notarized, and submit it. If you were legally married in the United States or overseas, or registered in a domestic partnership or civil union in a marriage-equivalent state, see Chapter 2, where we discuss how to terminate those relationships.
All of these couples are subject to the following rules: • Domestic partners have community property rights, meaning that unless the partners agree otherwise in writing all income earned or property acquired by either partner during the partnership belongs to both partners equally, regardless of who earned or acquired it. This rule is retroactive to the date of registration, even though you might not have known when you registered that these rights would be involved. • Each domestic partner has an equal right to manage and control community property (the income and property acquired by either spouse during the partnership), and an obligation to deal with the property in ways that will benefit both partners.
Talk with your partner about what you learn, and make an informed decision about what you want to do. This chapter discusses the states with marriage or marriage-equivalent relationships, beginning with the ones that allow same-sex couples to marry. The chapter also covers marriage-like relationships in nine other states, and briefly summarizes where things stand in some of the “inbetween” and “marriage-lite” states. There are some basic principles you should keep in mind no matter where you live: Having the same rights as married couples in your state does not translate over to federal rights.